English: Indian Snakeroot
Hindi: Chota chand, Dhaval barua, Sarpgandhi
Malayalam: Amalpori, Sarpagandhi (അമൽപ്പൊരി, സർപ്പഗന്ധി)
Indian snake root or Sarpgandha is an erect, evergreen flowering shrub mostly found in the Western Ghats moist forests areas and shady forests in India up to 1200 meters altitude, it belongs the family of Apocynaceae, growing up to 0.2m to 0.6 m tall, stem has no branches and pale brown bark, leaves are 5 cm to 15 cm long and 1.5 cm to 6 cm, flowers are white or pale violet with 0.5 cm to 12.5 cm long blossom period is April to July, seeds are purplish-black when they are ripe. Roots of Indian snake root is used in many of Ayurveda medicines.
Useful plant parts:
To treat Blood pressure, it is used as a sedative in Ayurveda treatments.
Serpasilin, Reserpin, Ajmaloon
How to prepare medicines with Serpentine root:
Indian Snake root is used in the preparation of many of Ayurveda medicinal pills, decoction and medicated ghee are used in several treatments. It contains reserpine, which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure and mental disorders like schizophrenia
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